Sigma Featured Staff Member Of The Week
Coach Josh is the head coach at our Sigma Fort Worth East (Texas Wesleyan) location. Today we interviewed him focusing on his athletic inspirations, motivation, and his past and present goals on both swimming and coaching.
Q: When and why did you decide to become a coach?
A: I decided to become a coach after graduating from college because I was not ready to not be involved in the swimming world because I loved my team and coach so much, and the impact my college coach had on me.
Q: Did you have any favorite strokes or events while growing up?
A: My favorite event was the 200 free and the 100 butterfly
Q: What is the one thing you love most about your swimmers and coaching?
A: The one thing I love most about swimming are seeing swimmers succeed and do what they set their mind to. I also love getting to laugh with swimmers during practice and have fun because sometimes staring at the bottom of the pool for two hours can become monotonous.
Q: Growing up, who were your biggest athletic inspiration?
A: The biggest athletic inspirations for me, to be honest, were always the upper classmen – whether in high school or college – because I was I wanted to be like them, I wanted to be disciplined like them, I wanted to swim as fast as them, and I wanted to prove that I could be successful in the water too.
Q: How do you keep your swimmers motivated?
A: Switching up practices, creating reasonable and timely goals that can be achieved, and realizing that swimming can and is supposed to be fun.
Q: What role should family play in swimmers both age group and elite levels?
A: Family is super important at both levels; family should be the foundation of encouragement and helping their kids to succeed. This does not mean that added pressure is there or parents should expect their kids to be trying to get D1 scholarships, but if the desire is there and an athlete is striving to get better, then the family should be invested and the first to encourage.
Q: Do you think that there is ever too much practice for a swimmer and if so why?
A: Yes, I definitely think there can be too much practice for a swimmer. This is because I’ve seen so many of my teammates and friends get offered D1 scholarships and completely quit swimming because they were burned out because swimming became demanding and a job rather than a joy. More yards and more hours does not equal better swimming, quality should be over quantity which also fights against the cultural norm of more is better.
Q: How do you prepare a swimmer for his/her first USA swim meet?
A: Helping to know the fundamentals of racing, what to eat, what to bring, and to have a blast because it is their first meet.
Q: Do you have any family members in the sport of swimming?
Q: What do you tell a swimmer when he/she thinks that they are not good at swimming?
A: You encourage them in the things that they are great at and remind them that they have strengths and work on the things they are poor at so that they may continue to be successful in the pool.